Guide to The Gambia – Where to stay?

Guide to The Gambia – Where to stay?

Where to stay in The Gambia? I’ve been travelling regularly to The Gambia for over ten years, for work, on holiday and volunteering. Here’s my guide to the various resort areas, accommodation types and best hotels in The Gambia. Kololi First, let’s...
From tree-top towers to African street art

From tree-top towers to African street art

Having woken up to the dawn chorus of Makasutu Forest and then spent the morning taking a ridiculous number of photos of a troupe of baboons – just a few of which I shared in a previous post, The Baboons of Makasutu Forest – we stopped by what is known as...
The Baboons of Makasutu Forest

The Baboons of Makasutu Forest

When we arrived at Mandina Lodges we were given a few words of  warning! “Don’t leave your toiletries out in your open-air bathroom as the baboons might steal them.” Replanting Makasutu Forest and the return of the baboons When the founders of...
A night on the river in Makasutu Forest

A night on the river in Makasutu Forest

As I lie in bed I can feel a gentle movement in the decking beneath me or is it my imagination. I listen to the creaks and groans of the wood… splashes of water… silence… another splash. Getting out of bed I draw back the muslin curtains and catch...
Responsible volunteering with ‘people and places’

Responsible volunteering with ‘people and places’

In my last post I shared with you my concerns about irresponsible volunteer organisations and orphanage tourism. Today I’d like to tell you about a great volunteering organisation that take a very responsible approach. Getting to know ‘people and...
Justifiable bad press for orphanage tourism

Justifiable bad press for orphanage tourism

There has been a lot of bad press lately about volunteer tourism and I’ve heard a few horror stories myself, such as local teachers being dismissed because the school knew that a volunteer teacher was on there way. Even more disturbing still though are...
Monkeys at play in a Gambian garden

Monkeys at play in a Gambian garden

During my last visit to The Gambia I stayed in the area known as the Senegambia strip. It’s the largest and liveliest resort in The Gambia, although in late June and early July when I was there, it was pretty quiet. Despite the humidity it is a lovely...
The Community Stove Initiative

The Community Stove Initiative

In May, when I left The Gambia, I had a mission to raise enough money to buy at least ten more of the new design of stoves that run on peanut shell briquettes. The Community Stove Initiative If you have been following my blogs from The Gambia you may want to skip the...
Exploring Albert Market in Banjul

Exploring Albert Market in Banjul

Whatever country you are in, I think most people would agree, that the local markets are great places to explore and photograph. When I arrived at Banjul’s Royal Albert Market our taxi driver found a local guide to take us round. There’s huge variety of...
A feast for the senses at Tanji fish market

A feast for the senses at Tanji fish market

All the colours of the rainbow flash before my eyes. The sound of the waves, squawking seagulls and housewives’ banter assault my ears. The smell of fish fills my nostrils and the taste of salt is on my tongue, as I head for sensory overload at Tanji fish market...

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